How does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten work?

·   Register Online Here – Parents can create an account first to easily monitor your children's activity.

·   Track Your Reading – Log every book you read with your child here

·   100-Book Milestones – Earn a digital badge and a sticker for every 100 books read! At 500 and 1,000 book milestones, your child will receive a free book!

·   Keep Reading! – Prepare your child for kindergarten by reaching 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten.

Reading just 20 minutes a day provides your child with comfort and bonding time, creates good habits, and builds a love of books and a great vocabulary - all very important for future learning!

1,000 Books sounds like a lot, but by reading just one book per day, you will reach the 1,000 book goal in just under three years. If a child hears three books at bedtime every night, you will meet your goal within on year!

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Get A Life Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert

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**AFL Staff Review** I was so wrapped up in this romantic, quirky story that I was stung by a bee (for the first time in my life!) while reading at the beach, & I didn't even notice until the third sting. If that's not a ringing (stinging?) endorsement, I don't know what is!

The Identicals
by Elin Hilderbrand

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The perfect summer read. Identical twin girls were very close growing up. When their parents divorced, one sister lived with their father on the Vineyard and the other with their mother on Nantucket. Things were never the same again for many years.

The Last Cherry Blossom
by Kathleen Burkinshaw

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Told by the daughter, this story is about her mother as a child living in Hiroshima during WW2 when the atomic bomb was dropped. She survived but many of her family and friends did not. It is a heart-wrenching story.

A Deception At Thorncrest
by Ashley Weaver

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Amory is at the country house awaiting the birth of her first child, while Milo is away on business. A man comes to the country house claiming to be Milo's step-brother. He looks just like Milo, but Amory is suspicious. Meanwhile, the village is planning a festival. Milo returns but is also suspicious. Then, during the festival, one of the men in the horse racing competition is found dead. Then, the woman that he had loved is poisoned. Amory and Milo must help the police...

The New Kid
by Jerry Craft

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Seventh Grader Jordan Banks gets stuck into going to a private school, instead of going to his dream drawing school. He becomes one of the few colored kids in the whole school. Later on he figures out that it is hard to fit in and tries his best. But whenever he thinks he has fit in he ends up taking a twist and trying to figure out the next curveball.

Wild Game My Mother, Her Lover, And Me
by Adrienne Brodeur

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Adrienne was 14 when her mother woke her to say that Ben had kissed her. Ben and his wife were long time friends with her mother and stepfather. Her mother started an affair and confided in Adrienne and wanted her help to keep it secret. Adrienne did her best to please her mother. She always did her best to please her mother...

Fast Girls
by Elise Hooper

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This was a great book. It follows the American track and field team for many years ending at the 1936 olympics in Berlin. Topics include racism, gender inequality, friendship and overcoming obstacles. It was fascinating that women ran in the 1936 Olympics and no women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon until the 1960’s. I couldn’t put the book down.

The Best Of Friends Lucinda Berry
by Lucinda Berry

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I love Lucinda Berry books. The psychological twists and turns are wonderful. This book is about three families. The wives are best friends as are their eldest sons. Everyone has a secret and no one is really happy. Themes of loss, love, loneliness, and forgiveness run throughout the book. I was hooked from the first page and just about read it in one session.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

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This book is my go to, I have to read it once a year. One mans journey through cancer and leaving behind a legacy leads to a great “head fake” of what you’ll take away.Achieving your childhood dreams while you can.

The Things We Cannot Say By Kelly Rimmer
by Kelly Rimmer Books

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What a wonderful book. I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put it down. The story is told from two perspectives and two time periods. It takes place in WWII Poland and contemporary Florida. After finishing the book I kept thinking about it.


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